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From printer's apprentice to internationally famous scientist, inventor, statesman, legislator, and diplomat, Benjamin Franklin led a most remarkable life. Seldom is history so well articulated by someone who was there.
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Ben thru 1757

Enjoyable rendering, giving some feel in a surprisingly easy to listen style. Unfortunately, the account ends in 1757 with his arrival in England.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Inspirational

Franklin's autobiography is fascinating in many ways. It gives true insight into how he thought, as well as interesting tidbits about life in the 18th century American colonies. His methodical, analytical, yet practical approach to a well-rounded life could well be used as the source for the ultimate self-help book.

Also, the book is read so well by the narrator that you'll forget that it's not actually Franklin himself doing the reading. You will have to pay attention, though, due to the use of 18th century words and idioms, but it is worth it.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Ruth
  • United States
  • 11-26-11

Amazing and Riveting... but I wanted more!

I knew Ben Franklin was impressive and famous and that he did a lot of things, but I had NO idea how many. His personal philosophy as well as his place in history are told in his own words. He helped found the US Postal service, created hospitals, banks, libraries, and helped establish many of the conventions that we enjoy and take for granted now. He had such tremendous powers of persuasion that just studying him to see how he did that is worthwhile. Almost all his learning was self-taught. You really get a feeling for his personal style and flair as well as the personal convictions that made him the man he was. My only regret is that he didn't write more and say more about his place in the founding of our great nation or more about his scientific discoveries. I think he just got too busy being a part of history. You won't want to stop here. I thoroughly recommend the audible book Ben Franklin: Inventing America to get the rest of the things Ben, himself, left out. If you don't read this one though, you will never really understand his inner workings and how he did what he did. I highly recommend this book.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Too bad it had to end so quickly!!

You get a real feel for the man with an autobio and the narrator did an excellent job. But as the previous reviewer stated, it ended early in his life so you don't get to have his perspective on the revolution & independence. Still well worth the money and the time. If you love history, you'll love this first person perspective of the first half of the 1700's.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Jeff
  • Sonoma, Ca, United States
  • 02-19-12

Its a Tragedy He Didn't Finish

Would you consider the audio edition of The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin to be better than the print version?

No, but its a great book for the audio format, the language is fairly casual and the story witty and engaging.

Which scene was your favorite?

Ben Franklin goes to make treaty with the Indians, who are sober during negotiations but all get drunk out of their minds afterwards. They come the next day to make amends, blaming

Any additional comments?

Unfortunately Ben never finished his book, only recording events up to 1757. It was interesting to get such a first hand account of life in the colonies, especially the religous atmosphere that so many misinterpret today. This is a great book and its a tragedy he never finished it.

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  • Shin
  • Yokohama-shiJapan
  • 07-03-09

Somewhat changed from the original text

The audio is brisk and nice, but somewhat altered from the original text.

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  • dr Frank
  • Beaver Falls, PA, United States
  • 07-27-13

Interesting but too choppy

Unfortunately, the book jumped around toward the end and it seemed that something was missing or it could be that I couldn't understand the context based upon the accent of the narrator.

I learned some items but not as many as I hoped that I would gain from one of the country's founding men.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Delightful

Franklin's ego, which is mighty by every measure, is somehow completely expected and he wouldn't have been the same man without it. The dialogue, inasmuch as this is an autobiography, gives you the very real sense that you're sitting about listening to Ben spin a tale. I'm going to listen to it again just because there was so much detail in his telling.
A great experience.

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Excellent Audio Book!

The speaker does an excellent duty of embodying the literature of Franklin. I recommend it for anyone wishing to get acquainted the Ben's insights.

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Incomplete book - DO NOT PURCHASE THIS VERSION

This is NOT the complete book. Do not waste your money or credits on this audiobook. It ends abruptly following chapter 11 - after Franklin's arrival in London.